- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The White House still refused to say Wednesday that President Obama would trust President-elect Donald Trump with the nation’s nuclear codes.

“What I can tell you is the election’s over and it’s been decided,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked if the president believes Mr. Trump should not have access to the launch codes. “The president doesn’t get to choose his successor, the American people do.”

During the campaign last weekend, Mr. Obama mocked Mr. Trump for having his Twitter account taken away by aides, saying “If somebody can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle the nuclear codes.”

Mr. Obama said Mr. Trump would be “dangerous” as commander in chief.

Mr. Earnest said Mr. Obama “used forceful language in helping people understand exactly why he was so passionate in his support” for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Those are authentic views that haven’t changed,” Mr. Earnest said. “Everybody around here is disappointed by the outcome.”

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